Welcome to srs806.org!Freemasonry's Mission:
The Mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like-minded men together based upon the belief that each man has a universal responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity. It does this by teaching the great principle of Brotherly Love, relief and truth; and, by the outward expression of these tenants through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which to serve God, family, country, neighbor and self.
Southampton Radiant Star #806 Vision:
Southampton Radiant Star #806 is a Lodge of Master Masons which openly works to advance the tenets of our Craft. We have made it a resolve to promote and cultivate in our membership a greater level of interest, involvement, and participation in the concordant and appendant Rites of Freemasonry. Those of us who have gathered to form Southampton Radiant Star #806 are making a dedicated effort to travel within the fraternity, and further their Masonic education and experience.
Southampton Radiant Star Lodge #806 has cultivated an environment designed for the purpose of generating excellent Masons. Masons who from the very beginning of their entrance into the Lodge, are impressed upon to take their chosen and accepted journey into the society and culture of Freemasonry, very seriously.
Southampton Radiant Star #806 Mission Statement:
The purpose of Southampton Radiant Star #806 Lodge is to provide our candidates and initiates with an introduction to the beauty and mysteries of Freemasonry. This Masonic responsibility is met in a manner consistent with inculcating the greatest understanding, respect for, and appreciation of, their acceptance into a Lodge of Master Masons.
Southampton Radiant Star #806 Lodge seeks to cultivate, encourage, and produce inspired Master Masons who are exposed to a Masonic education that emphasizes participation in lodge work, officer development and excellence in the performance of Masonic ritual.
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The Supreme Being. Masons believe that there is one God and that people employ many different ways to seek, and to express what they know of God. Masonry primarily uses the appellation, "Grand Architect of the Universe," and other non-sectarian titles, to address the Deity. In this way, persons of different faiths may join together in prayer, concentrating on God, rather than differences among themselves. Masonry believes in religious freedom and that the relationship between the individual and God is personal, private, and sacred.
Volume of the Sacred Law. An open volume of the Sacred Law, "the rule and guide of life," is an essential part of every Masonic meeting. The Volume of the Sacred Law in the Judeo/Christian tradition is the Bible; to Freemasons of other faiths, it is the book held holy by them.
The Oath of Freemasonry. The obligations taken by Freemasons are sworn on the Volume of the Sacred Law. They are undertakings to follow the principles of Freemasonry and to keep confidential a Freemason's means of recognition. The much discussed "penalties," judicial remnants from an earlier era, are symbolic, not literal. They refer only to the pain any honest man should feel at the thought of violating his word.
Freemasonry Compared with Religion. Freemasonry lacks the basic elements of religion: (a) It has no dogma or theology, no wish or means to enforce religious orthodoxy. (b) It offers no sacraments. (c) It does not claim to lead to salvation by works, by secret knowledge, or by any other means. The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with modes of recognition, not with the means of salvation.
Freemasonry Supports Religion. Freemasonry is far from indifferent toward religion. Without interfering in religious practice, it expects each member to follow his own faith and to place his Duty to God above all other duties. Its moral teachings are acceptable to all religions.
Prepared by the MD.Masonic Information Center (12/93)